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Old 12-19-2010, 05:44 PM
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Cool Thanks!!

I am going to order tonight! Thanks for all your input. My canopy will thank you all.

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Old 12-19-2010, 06:10 PM
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I'm using them. Perfect replacement. I didn't even realize just how sad mine were until we replaced them.
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Old 12-19-2010, 06:21 PM
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I just ordered two for my -7! The Van's struts last through phase one and folded... I'll let everyone know how these work!

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Old 12-19-2010, 06:59 PM
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I just ordered two for my -7! The Van's struts last through phase one and folded... I'll let everyone know how these work!

- Peter
Just want to resolve any lingering confusion. The struts I mentioned are THE EXACT ONES that Van's sells. They will not perform any better or worse...it's the identical part.

I only suggested a cheaper place to get 'em!

Think Van's will drop the price now that we found a cheapcut?
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Old 12-19-2010, 07:28 PM
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Old 12-20-2010, 12:16 PM
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My 'new' struts seem to be weak . . . not much lifting force or ability to hold unless all of the way open. I'm considering trying the -35 (35 lb version). Comments? Thanks!
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Old 12-20-2010, 04:31 PM
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My 'new' struts seem to be weak . . . not much lifting force or ability to hold unless all of the way open. I'm considering trying the -35 (35 lb version). Comments? Thanks!
Yeah, that is pretty much how they are. It is simply a geometry thing.
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Old 12-21-2010, 07:11 AM
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My 'new' struts seem to be weak . . . not much lifting force or ability to hold unless all of the way open. I'm considering trying the -35 (35 lb version). Comments? Thanks!
I'm using them on my -7A now. Had them for about five months with no issues. Canopy is definately more rigid in the wind.....
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:14 AM
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My 'new' struts seem to be weak . . . not much lifting force or ability to hold unless all of the way open. I'm considering trying the -35 (35 lb version). Comments? Thanks!
Keep in mind that you are closing the canopy with just one hand pulling on one side. The stronger the strut, the more your canopy will try to twist before it releases.
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Old 12-24-2010, 01:59 PM
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Default What a difference!

I know as parts slowly fail you tend not to notice as much, but I just replaced my struts - they came in 3 days after ordering them even with Christmas slow-downs. I finally went out to the hangar to replace them and found that:
1. These are a perfect replacement (I know - you told me that)
2. It only took me 5 minutes to replace both of them (not the standard 5 minutes you hear about to seal a fuel tank, mount your engine etc! )
3. With only one new strut in place the canopy was firmly held open!
4. I am all done and not even bleeding

Thanks for the post on where to find these.

A Christmas eve gift for my plane.

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